Congratulations to Webb Alumna Vicky Dlugokecki ’88, P.E., for being named the American Society of Naval Engineers (ASNE) Member of the Month for December 2017! Vicky is an ASNE Council Member and an engineering consultant with over 25 years of experience in ship design and construction, and an employment background in shipyards, design offices and a regulatory agency.
See below what Vicky had to say to ASNE Membership and Graphic Design Manager Michelle Redmon:
Michelle: What got you into Naval Engineering? (What specific event or moment).
Vicky: Our industry recently lost a titan – Ron Kiss. During my time at Webb Institute, he was at the Pentagon as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Ship Programs ASN for Research, Development, and Acquisition at the Department of the Navy… To me, as a student and a budding naval architect and marine engineer, that had to be one of the most prestigious positions that I’d ever heard of. It was during my time at Webb that I actually got to meet him in person, and that really started my interest in Naval Engineering.
Michelle: What is a fun fact most people don’t know about you?
Vicky: I’ve got ten years of classical piano lessons under my belt. It was when I was young, but I’ve recently rekindled my piano playing.
Michelle: What is one engineer/scientist/ or mathematician dead or alive would you like to meet?
Vicky: It would have to be Albert Einstein, especially after watching the recent TV mini-series “Genius” based on his life.
Michelle: If you could engineer your perfect concession stand/food truck, what would it be?
Vicky: I think I would base it my heritage… a combination Italian and Polish food truck. For those who wanted Italian food, I would have some hot and cold heroes, maybe meatball parm, chicken parm, or italian cold-cut heroes. From my Polish side, I’d go with my top three – kielbasa, pierogies, and golabki (stuffed cabbage). Of course, Italian ices and chrusciki for dessert.
Michelle: Why are you a member of ASNE?
Vicky: I’ve been a member of ASNE ever since joining in college, and have never thought of ending my relationship with the society, even though quite a few of my jobs throughout my career weren’t focused on Naval Engineering. ASNE is a great organization for networking, it has great technical programs for professional development, and I enjoy its premier publication, the Naval Engineering Journal.
Michelle: What does “Naval Engineering” mean to you?
Vicky: Naval Engineering is the collection of skills necessary to design and build the most sophisticated ships in the world.